(This is a re-post from my Facebook business page) Hello Friends! It's always a treat to come across a rare, and old American clock. I was asked to take a look, and if possible, bring this beauty back to life. It an exceptionally tall Philadelphia tall case clock. At almost nine feet tall, with it's original top pediment, most of us would have a hard time finding a place for it to fit in our homes. As a matter of fact, this owner can't quite fit the top pediment and final on. The clock was made by Joseph Wills, 1700-1759, who lived on 3rd South of Arch Street in Philadelphia. He had no children, so we can assume that the clock was made between 1725 and 1759. That's pre-Revolutionary War! It's at least 260 years old. The dial has it's original hands, black wax and silvering, with a date wheel below the Wills' name plate. It also features a portrait of, maybe the man who purchased the clock? It has a typical unmarked tall case movement. I'm not sure that the movement is original, although the maker is known for using an English looking movement, and that was my initial guess....so maybe it is original. The case is in unusually good shape for it's age. When I walked in, the weights and pendulum were not installed. I was told that the clock hadn't been running in, maybe more than fifty years. It has been in the owner's family for many generations. The children thought the portrait was spooky, and his wife was not in love with the non-working, huge piece of furniture. LOL. It took about an hour and a half to clean, inspect and make several repairs to the movement. The fun part was teaching the owner's small children everything about clocks and showing them what I was doing. We talked about the man in the portrait, and how wealthy he must have been to have this clock made for him. Maybe he would give them good luck! We also talked about seeing the clock at night with candles, since there was no such thing as electricity back then. I think that mom was still skeptical.....until she heard it ticking away! The suspension spring was broken with the top half laying in the bottom of the case. The strike side ratchet click spring was bent, and not working to hold the click against the gear. The crutch was loose and had to be soldered. The cables were in decent condition as well. The pivots were not too dirty, but dry. After the repairs, cleaning and lubrication, I mounted the movement back in the case.....my fingers were crossed hoping that I would not have to take the movement home to polish all of the pivots and do a complete overhaul. .........and then....... it came back to life! After setting the beat.......the clock was ticking away after decades of sitting idle. Some of these Philadelphia tall case clocks can be valuable, so I'm doing some research in order to provide the owner with an insurance value. If you can help with that, please let me know. What a great service call. I made new friends...and maybe inspired some new horologists! I love this job!